Some analysts had predicted that I.B.M. would announce as many as 10,000 staff cuts, or 3 percent of the work force, to trim costs in a weak economy. But trimming, Mr. Palmisano wrote in an e-mail message to employees Tuesday, is not the company’s current strategy.
“Many companies today are curtailing or drastically cutting spending and investment, even in areas that are important to their future,” Mr. Palmisano wrote. “We are taking a different approach, not only because we have the financial strength to do so, but because we choose to manage I.B.M. for long-term success.”
In a departure from past practice, IBM would not say how many jobs it is slashing or where. Throughout most of January, IBM corporate spokesmen have told reporters they would not "comment on rumors or speculation" about looming layoffs.
That refusal by Big Blue to control its own message transformed Alliance@IBM into a de facto mouthpiece for the latest round of cuts, which totaled 2,868 as of Friday afternoon.
It was only after dozens of newly discharged IBMers posted messages on the alliance Web site that the company admitted job cuts were taking place. On Friday, alliance national coordinator Lee Conrad said Big Blue had blocked its employees' access to the group's Web site.
IBM's stonewalling is in sharp contrast with other tech-industry layoffs — such as those at Microsoft, Intel and Google — that were publicly acknowledged, quickly reported and relegated to one-day news.
The cuts at IBM, meanwhile, have leaked out slowly and painfully over a period of weeks. On Friday, the Record obtained a copy of the severance package for U.S. Sales and Distribution, where scores of sales executives, vice presidents and distinguished engineers have joined the ranks of the unemployed.
Beyond confirming layoffs that IBM has otherwise refused to acknowledge, the document shows Big Blue's commitment to helping displaced employees. The company has extensive plans in place to assist those workers, and much of the 73-page document outlines programs and benefits for those laid off, such as the option to extend life insurance.
Judging from the comments, it looks like IBM’s software unit is taking the biggest hit. That move isn’t entirely surprising given the number of software acquisitions Big Blue has completed over the years.
The day after IBM reported rising profits and a year that was its first as a $100 billion company, it began the nationwide series of cuts. Spokesman Doug Shelton confirmed IBM management had notified some employees about "resource actions," the usual term for large-scale job eliminations. "We are not going to discuss specific numbers or locations. What I can tell you is that managing resources and skills is an ongoing component of our business model," he said in an e-mail.
An IBM East Fishkill employee said some workers have already been let go after receiving unsatisfactory performance appraisals. Many workers believe IBM wants to make the cuts before Feb. 1, when a new state law goes into effect requiring companies to give 90 days notice of mass layoffs. "I heard five people were asked to leave on Sunday," the employee said. "Normally, the manager has until the end of January to do the appraisals, but this year they had to be done by the first two weeks of January." "They're using MIS — managment-initiated separations — where they lower people's work evaluations to force them out the door," Conrad said. "That's not the same as resource action. There's less severance, less notice, and it's not reported like a resource action."
Yet another worker said that while IBM shows stunning profits, "none of that money trickles down to the employees." IBM spokesmen have said the company will not comment on rumors or speculation. "That's how IBM does it," Conrad said. "They don't announce it. They just start cutting and let everyone scramble and guess how many are cut and where."
Just how many employees are left in the USA? Why is this Resource Action (layoff) such a secret? Is IBM Being accountable for the Tax Dollars it is receiving from local and federal government? Why doesn't CNN cover this story to get IBM executives to be real brave american citizens and Speak up? Maybe Microsoft can show them how to be accountable by explaining the press conference they held for their 5000 layed off this week. It has been leaked out by a reliable managerial source that the layoff is around 14,000 employees. Most of these to be US Based. It is also estmated that IBM US Based employee count is decreasing quite rapidly. When will we hear a report from CNN? Other dirty politics by IBM recently, is they are Forcing system's administrators to relocate within 50 miles of commuting to one of their Global Delivery Facilities. Question: Is IBM sleeping with someone at CNN?
Not to spoil the party or anything, but it seems like a decent time to flick a few kernels of reality into the proceedings for those digesting the assertion that the company's report signals an all-clear for the company, the tech sector and the overall market.
In that spirit, then, are a few reminders of why IBM's announcement wasn't exactly the sound of immediately delivering us all from the prospects of a muddle-through economy and with it, a range-bound stock market:
Mark Loughridge: Well, let's look at the restructuring in the quarter to begin with. I mean if you just look at the yield off that fourth quarter restructuring, that alone would improve our spend base by about $1 billion in 2009 which we expect to drop to the bottom line. So I think it already has a fair amount of yield in it. And if you look at the restructuring that we have done, in most years, and you can go back some time, we do about $300 million to $400 million of restructuring that consistently drives improvement in our cost base. We did more of this year. In 2008, it was a little north of 700, but if you take out the Japan action, we are back down about $580 million. So I think we have got a good plan there. There will be, as I said, some acceleration in 2009, but the total 2009 workforce rebalancing number will be in kind of normal range. And as a look across all of the actions that we are taking on cost and expense and spending, I think we have a very good plan and a very good hand to play as we go into 2009. You've certainly started to play out in 2008.
Another person who got axed when I did went all the way through the process. Willing to work 3rd shift too. Perfect fit for the job. Manager wanted him. The day he was supposed to start he got word he couldn't transfer. The problem is that if you take another job, they would have to fire someone else to take your spot.
Using money from New York state. On Dec. 15, 2008, in fact, New York taxpayers made the first installment on a July deal with Big Blue to create and maintain jobs through 2011. "IBM did receive a disbursement of $45 million," said Empire State Development Corp. spokesman Warner Johnston. "At that time, they had met all of their job goals." Those "job goals" were to not lay off any permanent, regular full-time IBM East Fishkill employees for five months — until the end of 2008. Now it's 2009, and in October, another $20 million is due from New York taxpayers. "We'll review at that time whether they've met job and investment goals," Johnston said.
Oh, really chief? Let’s see, for years now, workers have dramatically increased their skills and productivity, only to be rewarded with declining wages, elimination of health care benefits, cancelled pensions, constant downsizing, and the steady offshoring of middle-class jobs. Meanwhile, as CEOs enthusiastically ax workers, they extravagantly jack up their own pay and perks.
Not only are unions needed, there is a widespread yearning for them. A 2006 poll found that 68 percent of Americans believe that labor unions are necessary to protect working families – a percentage that’s undoubtedly climbed as our economy tanked in the past couple of years. Indeed, another survey finds that 60 million Americans would join a union tomorrow if they could.
So why don’t they? Because the rules have been deliberately rigged during the past 30 years to make union organizing next to impossible. For example, of those who even try, 20 percent get fired outright. Also, in an organizing campaign, union representatives are not allowed inside a business to talk to employees, yet every employee can be forced to attend one-to-one meetings with company bosses, who make clear that supporting the union would be a bad career move. And even if employees vote to form a union, top executives can simply ignore them.
Our image of retirement is still shaped by the early decades after World War II. The elderly poverty rate plunged thanks to Social Security. Older Americans gained universal health-care coverage with Medicare in 1965. And Corporate America offered workers defined-benefit pension plans based on a salary and years-of-service formula. It was in these years that retirees developed a distinct lifestyle captured by the mass migration to Sunbelt communities, traveling in RVs and bus tours, spending long mornings on the golf course, and other recreational pursuits. The development of modern retirement is a great social achievement of the 20th century. But in the 21st century, the underlying economics of retirement are changing. ...
Indeed, the current pension system (i.e. 401k's) is making everyday retirement insecurity worse. Employers have embraced defined-contribution savings plans like 401(k)s. But 401(k)s don't deliver a steady stream of income during one's golden years. There's also plenty of evidence that workers with access to defined-contribution savings plans aren't taking full advantage of them, either. But wait, there's more: The health insurance system is widely acknowledged to be broken and is a strain on family finances. Even with Medicare coverage after age 65, the elderly are finding it necessary to pay for a greater percentage of their overall medical bill.
Google is a hot stock, but it's even hotter as a desirable workplace because of the attention paid to hiring and keeping the best folks on board. When companies talk about valuing talent but don't put that talk into action, it shows. As a business leader, there are easy ways to gauge whether the happy talk about employees has a basis in reality. Here are our Top Six not-walking-the-walk red flags:
When the company's current round of job cuts is complete - HP is slashing 24,600 positions, nearly 8 percent of its 320,000 workers - Hurd will have cut nearly 40,000 jobs in two big rounds of layoffs since he took the job. Under Hurd's watch, HP has also regained its title of world's biggest personal computer manufacturer from Dell (nasdaq: DELL - news - people ) Inc., though Dell has been stealing some of that ground back with a new retail strategy.
Obama also made a point of honoring "the doers, the makers of things." As opposed to those who make thing up -- like, say, credit default swaps.
At one level you have to ask yourself how a company that is posting so many negative year over year numbers garners so many plaudits. The answer comes in three flavors. First, as Larry points out, IBM is adept at cost management. In the highly lucrative software division, margins crept up to 87.7% in the final quarter. If IBM works a bit harder on this then they could top out very close to 90%. That difference alone could yield an extra $1 billion to the bottom line. That’s before building in anything for potential growth, the second flavor. ...
Let’s be clear. IBM is no Web 2.0 company. Its DNA is still rooted in a bygone age where the real deal is around services. It’s almost complete lack of business blogger representation at Lotusphere and strong focus on Notes engineers is telling. Sure, they’ll get a lot of oohs and aahs from the faithful but savvy buyers see straight through that. Even so and given that the company cannot realistically apply premium pricing to products that have low or no cost equivalents in the marketplace, the Notes>Web 2.0>service play is a natural. ...
But the real nugget is the $117 billion global technology and services backlog. This is a feather bed that other companies can only dream about. It provides the kind of assurance that stock pickers dream about in turbulent markets. The only question now is whether companies can find ways to renegotiate those deals in a general market that has yet to hit the recessionary bottom.
To date, funders include the following: AARP; Abraxis BioScience, Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, Founder, Chairman, and CEO; Aetna Foundation; Alcoa; Amgen Foundation; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; California HealthCare Foundation; The Funari Family Foundation; General Motors Foundation; Johnson & Johnson; Karen Katen; Charles N. Martin Jr., The Martin Foundation; Pacific Business Group on Health; Pfizer; RAND Corporate Endowment; RAND Health Board (designated gifts from individual members); Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; John J. Rydzewski; Leonard D. Schaeffer; The Suzanne Nora Johnson and David G. Johnson Foundation; United Health Foundation; and Wellpoint Foundation.
That's four major health insurance companies and four pharmaceutical companies, other medical industry-allied foundations, including the Blue Cross-funded California Health Care Foundation, and GM. No wonder the "tool" is such an elegant, well-built toy--lots of informational popups, colored interactive boxes and decisions made in advance about what works and what doesn't.
In the "analysis tool" above (here's a link to the actual page), the health-care payment option with the most pluses (in RAND's opinion) is "individual mandate," in which individuals must prove they've bought health insurance, or face tax penalties. That turns government into a customer-delivery system for insurance and drug companies, while lightening the burden on employers.
The most efficient potential reform and one favored by the public in various polls, is opening federal Medicare or something like it to all comers. Yet it isn't even on RAND's list. There's no kind of single-payer, universal health insurance option. Yet the list above does includes individual tax credits for buying coverage, which every published analysis shows is the most expensive, most regressive and least efficient option.
"But dependency on government has never been bad for the rich. The pretense of the laissez-faire people is that only the poor are dependent on government, while the rich take care of themselves. This argument manages to ignore all of modern history, which shows a consistent record of laissez-faire for the poor, but enormous government intervention for the rich." From Economic Justice: The American Class System, from the book Declarations of Independence by Howard Zinn.
Wow, keen insight, chief! This financial conglomerate, which was at the center of the banker greedfest that has now wrecked our economy, lost tens of billions of dollars last year, got a $45 billion bailout from us taxpayers, is now splitting itself apart, and is seeking another bailout.
Yet, instead of requiring the whizzes at the top to pay back their entire 2008 salaries and resign in shame, the CEO puts on a sad face and breaks the news that bonuses for the 10 members of Citigroup’s “senior leadership team” will be down at least 40 percent. Excuse me, but that means they’re still getting about 60 percent of their bonus money. Bonuses! For a historic level of abject, embarrassing, destructive failure!
Well, say apologists for such pampering of corporate elites, if Citigroup cuts too deeply into the compensation of these favored ones, it risks losing their talent. Excuse me again, but losing them to where? Wall Street is not exactly on a hiring binge these days, and even if it was – who’d want this bunch?
There banker's obscene sense of entitlement is more powerful than a black hole, sucking up all traces of reason and humility. Still, a Harvard business professor recently tried to explain away the bonus grab as merely an image problem. Now that taxpayers are “part of the equation,” the professor postulated, “how things appear is important.” It’s not the appearance that disturbs me, it’s the reality.
Well, a person like Bernie, who’s been living his scam for years and getting away with it, so he keeps trying to get away with ever-more escalating outrages. In fact, even now, the authorities are feeding his sense of special privilege. For example, rather than being in jail – as any far lesser crook would be – he’s under house arrest, comfortably ensconced in his $7 million Manhattan apartment.
While in the privacy of his swank prison nest, Bernie has tried to stash about $300 million worth of his ill-gotten loot with friends and relatives, so his victims can't get it through court actions. For example, he sent out three packages on Christmas Eve containing more than a million dollars worth of precious gems, Tiffany watches, and such. When this ploy was detected, Madoff’s lawyer claimed that these were merely “a few sentimental personal items,” and that poor Bernie had innocently failed to realize that it was wrong to dispense assets bought with other people’s money.
Astonishingly, a judge let him get away with this, requiring only that all valuables in Madoff’s apartment be inventoried, so they can be checked periodically. But – get this – the judge allowed Bernie himself to do the inventory!
In America, if you steal a little, go to jail; if you steal a lot, go to your penthouse.
Officials said they want rules to eliminate conflicts of interest at credit rating agencies that gave top investment grades to the exotic and ultimately shaky financial instruments that have been a source of market turmoil. The core problem, they said, is that the agencies are paid by companies to help them structure financial instruments, which the agencies then grade. “Until we deal with the compensation model, we’re not going to deal with the conflict of interest, and people are not going to have confidence that the ratings are worth relying on, worth the paper they’re printed on,” Mary L. Schapiro said in testimony earlier this month before being confirmed by the Senate to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. ...
Administration officials have begun to study ways to control executive compensation. For example, they are preparing proposals to limit executive pay at companies that receive money under the bank bailout program. In response to written questions by Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, Mr. Geithner said that in such circumstances the administration was planning to set a limit and that any compensation over that amount would “be paid in restricted stock or similar form that cannot be liquidated or sold until government assistance has been repaid.” “Excessive executive compensation that provides inappropriate incentives,” Mr. Geithner said, “has played a role in exacerbating the financial crisis.”
Last week’s object lesson was John Thain, the chief executive of Merrill Lynch. He was lionized as a rare Wall Street savior as recently as September, when he helped seal the deal that sped his teetering firm into the safe embrace of Bank of America on the same weekend Lehman Brothers died. Since then we’ve learned that even as he was laying off Merrill employees by the thousands, he was lobbying (unsuccessfully) for a personal bonus as high as $30 million and spending $1.22 million of company cash on refurbishing his office, an instantly notorious $1,405 trashcan included.
Thain resigned on Thursday. Only then did we learn that he doled out billions in secret, last-minute bonuses to his staff last month, just before Bank of America took over and just before the government ponied up a second bailout to cover Merrill’s unexpected $15 billion fourth-quarter loss. So far American taxpayers have spent $45 billion on this mess, and that’s only our down payment.
In less lofty precincts of the American economic spectrum, the numbers may be different but the ethos has often been similar. As Wall Street titans grabbed bonuses based on illusory, short-term paper profits, so regular Americans took on all kinds of debt wildly disproportionate to their assets and income. The nearly $1 trillion in unpaid credit-card balances is now on deck to be the next big crash.
Alliance@IBM CWA Local 1701 outlined several steps IBM should take to maintain quality jobs and service and address the company's financial picture:
"There is a growing concern among employees that IBM will accelerate the off-shoring of our jobs. To offshore U.S. jobs in the middle of an economic crisis and rising unemployment is simply unacceptable," said Tom Midgley, Alliance president. "We will work with our elected representatives to push for legislation that protects U.S. jobs and calls for the full disclosure of IBM's offshoring and outsourcing of American jobs."
To help break the secrecy of the IBM job cuts, the Alliance has a section on its web page called Job Cut Comments. Go to http://www.allianceibm.org/jobcutstatusandcomments.php for news, information and stories from IBM employees swept up in job cuts.
There are good folks at IBM in some areas - but the RAMPANT nepotism and in-fighting between SWG, GBS, etc has killed the software sales effectiveness. I'm sorry I did not find a new role last year and encourage anyone reading this to GET SERIOUS and make a move when you think things are screwed up. Might not have prevented me from RA, but at least I would have grown my skill set for future career options. You must TAKE what you want/need from IBM. To those wondering about lawyering up - Legal advice for peace of mind is a good thing but my attorney says it is only worthwhile if egregious behavior occurred BEFORE the RA. (In my case it did) May God bless my fellow RA's and the Alliance team - my prayers go out for every one of you. -2 years max-
I took the high road and started looking for a position when informally notified. As previously stated in this site, all internal positions were frozen. I looked outside of the company and have been fortunate to have several good interviews. However, I was officially notified TODAY of the HR action. The Alliance has been spot on. Good luck to everyone. I have enjoyed my time with the "family" and time to move on. -ellen-
To all those affected by the most recent firings - please remember that you are all (hopefully) going to be working in other companies, where you may be in a position to recommend vendors of computing equipment and/or services. Remember how you were treated by IBM. I know I do. I make my recommendations for HP/Sun/Dell/Microsoft at every opportunity.
To all software developers who will need jobs - for what it's worth, *please* consider the field of medical informatics. I did, and I now work for a large, well respected academic medical center which actually treats its employees with respect, including yearly raises and a traditional pension plan. Having IBM on my resume opened a lot of doors, and going back to graduate school didn't hurt either. Good luck to all. -Gone in 96-
I started green from college and got PBC 2's for 3 or 4 years. Got stock options in 2000, and got 3's after that, and was let go after my second 3, along with 1000 others in SWG Rochester. Management is two-faced, and hires dozens of college hires to dothe same job, less than 2 months after all of us were let go. People are still there programming that couldn't write code to save their butt. But I got let go.....there is no rhyme or reason. I am just glad I got a good severance package, and unemployment, and moved on to a smaller, more family like company......like IBM used to be. -leftalongtimeago-
I 've worked w/ Brazilians and Indians from IBM and others for years, and I will tell you this. ... the QUALITY that they are charging for is going to go in the toilet as they drop US & Canadian employees. The folks I've worked with can't think for themselves, they can only follow instructions. Sure, there's some here and there, but the majority of the people they hire are horrible compared to an equitable US employee. Once the quality/price ratio is clear, the customers will jump ship and then IGS will go bust. The best thing IBM could do is cut 7 layers of management, but they don't have the balls to do that. LEAN should be about cutting the fat, not the muscle that gets the job done. -Jimmy-
As far as a severance package, the Corporation will pay no more than 26 weeks no matter how many years you have, and each business area can pretty much set their own criteria as long as they don't exceed 26 weeks. Most also include COBRA medical for a year. There is also a one year bridge to retirement if you are close and get RA'd.. All of this can be found on W3 if you dig deeply (and I do mean deep) enough. When everyone talks about being fair, etc., remember all we are to IBM is a serial number - it's not about Respect for the Individual and hasn't been since Gerstner took the helm. Good luck to everyone and I know from others, there definatey is life after IBM with companies who value your contribution. -OldTimer-
I was told by my 1st line: HR ran some equation based on years of service, generated initial list, and upper mgmt pruned/deliberated over the list, with input from 1st lines. Was also told I could apply for any internal position (though obv SWG wouldn't have any since this is a headcount cut). Is this not true, as some people have posted you cannot switch divisions??? Also I am confused as some people here have posted that they are counting the layoffs based on info from their package? What exactly does this mean, what should I be checking in my package for such details? Lastly, I never knew this site existed nor the Alliance until today, wow :( Thx for all the info, Good luck to us all! -AnotherOneBitesTheDust-
Notice how the pot of money for variable pay or bonues always is smaller from year to year and no none effectively call in on it. Sam knows that you can't do anything about it. Notice how sammy is really and truly in a world of his own. About the only constant in this is to think and do about the opposite of what sammmy says. Give up thinking there is any logic other than that. Give up on the idea that there will exist any US based force in the future other than sammy and his immediate staff. Give up thinking that working at ibm means anything than you are meat on a hook. Don't give up thinking that a union will get sammies attention. That is the only way to change things. -bob o-
Alliance Reply: Based on the number of visitors we had just this month (over 160,000) if ten percent (10%) signed up, as members, we could do some SERIOUS work toward bringing IBM to the bargaining table. It's amazing that some of these IBM USA visitors are here for the first time, and never heard of Alliance@IBM before.... Yet, we have visitors from China (see below) Why is that? How the hell did the Chinese hear about Alliance and not the IBMers in the US?
Stuff like badge readers stuck onto the original in wall readers. Many of those readers only appeared to work for regulars with proximity badges. Contractors get the old mag strip type and can be found cussing outside doors. Many of the vending doors had combo locks but did not even latch when closed. The carpet was soaked outside a bathroom I passed. When going to leave the elevator button fell on the floor when pushed which I should have taken as and omen. I rode down anyway only to have the doors not open and it take me back up.
Granted none of these things was major but when I was last at the site in the 90s, at the old buildings across the street, the old buildings were in MUCH better shape than these relatively new ones. Almost all of those old buildings are gone now of course to make way for a mall. I think we can mark the Austin site as being on the way out. Rumors were flying that a good chunk will go in June. At the rate the mall is expanding that sounds about right to me. -Visiting Austin - SWG-
I have not yet been fired or notified that I will be (let's call a RA what it is). Still neither I, nor anyone in my area, have been notified that we won't be either and I take serious issue w/ that. If you're going to do something just come right out and say it. Don't paint me a rosy '08/4th quarter results picture while building a firing squad list that includes my friends and coworkers.
I understand the business cycle and the need to compete in a global marketplace, but I thought IBM had some humanity, but, instead of owning up to the layoffs they're making they're secretly and quietly letting go of thousands of employees. This is not the company I signed up to work for and I no longer see myself having a long term career here. I'm going to reduce my expenses and start looking into other companies or going back to school. Assuming I survive IBM's current black-op RA (which I feel pretty comfortable about doing), I will also be a member of alliance@ibm for the remander of my stay here. Best of luck to all those not as fortunate as I. My heart goes out to you and your families. -Scarface-
I actually haven't officially been told I'm on the list, but my brilliant boss told me unofficially in a ST chat... yesterday I got a lovely invitation to a meeting (over the phone) entitled “Personal – RA”. Such as warm and caring man. So, on Tuesday the axe falls. I have a daughter in college, a mortgage and I'm the sole bread winner. Scary yes? The worst thing that could happen to me? No. I would have preferred last year when the economy was better, but life goes on. Also, in AZ the maximum unemployment benefit is $240 a week, so I'm already looking. Best of luck to all of you. Has the Board given any thought to how much money they could save by finding a younger CEO? -53andRA'd-
So, I'm working at a place where full time employees are being let go and I'm drawing $78/hour. I also just got a call for a full time position that I'll be interviewing for next week. I have to say that it's been a long time coming, but I'm finally happier now than I was before and my career is looking up as I'm getting more experience as a contractor than from my pigeon hole job I had at IBM. Best to luck to those that are still there. For those that have been RAed, put it behind you as everyone else I've spoken to that's left IBM has said later that it the best thing that's happen to them. Look around your neighborhoods and realize that all your neighbors don't work for this one company, they work for many others. There are good companies still left in USA. -Ex IBMer in Austin-
As everyone has pointed out, those in the ivory tower are crushing the worker bee's to benefit from stock options. Work life balance ... doing what is right for the company? squaring away those who make it all happen?... thats gone. The North American work force will continue to be reduced until there is a skeleton staff, for the accounts that will ONLY utilize North American forces. Its greed through and through.. record profits and and zero raises, increased insurnace cost.
IBM has continued down this path since Lou left. Dont expect anything different either. IBM couldn't compete with TATA, so this industry is in a race to the bottom. The light at the end of the tunnel is multi - pronged. First, a large segment of corporate America know sees that ibm isnt that magical anymore.. its another body shop. The prestige is gone.. courtesy of upper management. This is NOT a reflection of our work, but a reflection of what has been imposed on us. Our pipeline is dwindling. All of the ibm'ers who got fed up or RA'd, have moved into roles in corporate America, that deceide wether ibm is going to get work in their company. I know of several multi-million dollar contracts that have been lost to ACN and HP due to this.
The botique houses are seeing more and more work because of this drop in satifaction. Channel partners are getting more business as well. (That was not an intentional result, but a ramification from piss poor management) Those who remain, dont continue to burn your hand on the stove, sign up, talk to your co-workers get the Alliance into ibm NOW. By the time the smoke clears the target for North America is around 35K employees. People laughed at Cringley... guess what... -SoreSphincter-
Hold your head high... I got whacked with a PBC rating of 1.. its NOTHING to do with you or your peformance... its all upper management and bean counters. Life is MUCH better outside of ibm..the sweatshop - fear based management is not common outside. Turn about is fair play - When you get outside and land into a role with another organization.. remember just how you were treated. Times are tough tight now.. its going to be a roller coaster. Go thru all of your expenses and document them.. start living on as tight of a budget as you can. Write your congressional reps..until laws are enacted, the gutting of the middle class will continue thru outsourcing and in sourcing. (H1B Scams) My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Your ibm'ers.. you will make it through this bump in the road. Its a year plus later and I am smiling, so will you. Life is MUCH better outside of ibm. Organize and get alliance for those who are still there.. step up and spend the monthly to support Alliance as well...
Managers have always lied and said things like your peers say you are difficult to work with etc when they wanted an excuse that would be very hard for you to dispute in an open door. They do this when their is no real basis to lower your appraisal that could not be challenged succesfully. A marketing person who is exceeding all quotas and measurements but the manager does not like may be accused of something lame like damaging morale on the team by stealing leads or by appearing arrogant among peer etc so they cannot dispute it easily.
In general if this is happening to you and there is no chance your manager is leaving anytime soon better start looking for a job. It is almost impossible to fight in my experience and always ends up bad for the employee in the long run. If you are in a team with a manager who has been in place a long time and his chosen few, the team leads have also been in place a long time they will cover each other till the end and you have no chance. If any one else is aware of how to beat this by all means speak up but in my humble opinion it is one of the major problems within IBM today. -Exodus2007-
Vault's IBM Business Consulting Services message board is a popular hangout for IBM BCS employees, including many employees acquired from PwC. A few sample posts follow:
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